Spain manager Vicente del Bosque is all about experimenting in the two upcoming matches against Equatorial Guinea and South Africa, but his mind isn’t set in the final outcome of the games.
What matters the most for the former Real Madrid manager is how the team can play against lower sides in an effort to build chemistry between the regulars and the newcomers, as well as trying to avoid complacency when leading a game early.
Judging by the numbers alone, it’s widely expected that Spain will come out on top on the two games and they did just that as they defeated Guinea 2-1, but looking closely at the performance, it was clear that Spain never put the foot on the gas because they knew they were the better side from the start of the game.
Spain sit most of the stars like Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Ramos to start the game as del Bosque decided to give chances to several youngsters like Iñigo Martinez and Koke. Players that haven’t seen many minutes in their respective teams like Juan Mata and Fernando Llorente also played in the game as it seems like the objective is to maintain the players as fit as possible.
Spain had no trouble getting past the challenge of the African side, but the match has to be taken into the perspective of La Roja’s plans towards the World Cup. Spain has arguably the best team in the world in both individual and collective strengths and they’re the heavy favorites to win their second-straight tournament.
And if they really want to contend next year, these games are very useful for the players to gel and for the manager to draw conclusions.